From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation God reveals his plan for humans followed by promises for obedience and consequences for disobedience. We can only understand God’s perfect will if we are submitted to Him and have our minds renewed so that we can perceive things from the mindset of the kingdom of God.
Apostle Paul asks the brethren not to be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world “But to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will, Romans 12:2.” God’s will, as this scripture suggests, is good and pleasing and is perfecting in nature. Perfect will if followed protects and preserves while enabling one to maximize their potential
Sometimes we operate under permissive will which is of lower standard than God’s perfect will. Permissive will normally invite negative consequences as it is something that God permits to teach us when we insist on having our way. God has already established His will for our lives; our job is to find out what it is. This happens when we are transformed in thinking and start operating from a kingdom of God mindset as opposed to a worldly mindset.
The problem with most human beings is that they are prone to take shortcuts and abort God’s will for their lives. This hinders them from achieving their full potential because operating outside of God’s will minimizes ones potential. Yeshua (Jesus Christ) asked His desciples, to which those who believe in Him are, to “enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Mathew 7:13-14
God had intended for the children of Israel t o be a nation of priests who ministered to the rest of the world and directed them to God. God was their king and held sovereignty over them. They had judges who administered justice in various forms. They however wanted to be like other nations that had earthly kings. Prophet Samuel’s sons Joel and Abijah were the appointed judges at this time. Samuel’s sons were not upright before God “they turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice” 1 Samuel 8:3.
The people were offended by the judges’ actions and consequently they asked for a King of their own “such as all the other nations have”1 Samuel 8:5. Instead of the people praying for good judges or finding what God’s solution for the weaknesses of the judges was, they looked to the world for a solution. By so doing they ignored their unique position in the world as regards their relationship with God. God asked Samuel to listen to the people’s demands but to warn them what a king would do to them.
Even after Samuel had warned them they remained adamant about their desire saying “We want a king over us. Then we shall be like all the other nations, with a king to head us and to go out before us and fight our battles” 1 Samuel 8:19-20. The Children of Israel behaved like most of us do when confronted with a problem. Instead of seeking God’s will first, we go to people who advise us based on their own limited worldly experience. We forget that we all have our own unique calling and only God can reveal His perfect will for us.
The writer of the book of Proverbs says “Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that man gets justice” Proverbs 29:26. To ensure that you are operating under God’s will, learn to ask Him what His will is in any particular matter before acting; this you do through prayers. Yehshua taught concerning prayers that one should “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who ask receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”, Mathew 7:7-8.
Another thing to consider is that God will never contradict His word which is revealed to us through scripture. So if you are struggling about something that is contrary to His word, think twice because that can only be from your will. “God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”, John 4:24. It is not want you think but what your spirit is saying.
Lastly, it is wise to seek other people’s counsel to ensure that you are not hearing what you want to hear. When we want something badly sometimes we convince ourselves of how it can only be of God. The writer of the book of Proverbs warns that “there is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” Proverbs 14: 12. He further writes “without counsel, plans go awry. But in the multitude of counselors they are established” Proverbs 15:22.
King David, a man who God testified as being “a man after God’s heart” in his prayers asked God to “teach me to do your will, for you are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness” Psalm 143:10. A prayer for guidance must recognize God’s power to redirect ones life. Asking God to restructure our priorities awakens our minds and stirs our wills.